BCBSM speaks about cutting gender reassignment coverage

PrideSource.com – by Todd A. Heywood

Lansing – As reported last week in Between The Lines, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has announced it will eliminate coverage of gender reassignment surgery in its single payer insurance program, effective immediately. That decision has the Coalition for Gender Equality calling for a re-examination of the decision.

But BCBS spokesperson Helen Stojic said the decision was a business decision, plain and simple.

“We took a look at our product line and what other insurers were covering in other markets,” Stojic said. “Most don’t cover this type of surgery. So we are aligned our products.”